Croatia identify England danger man for semi-final

Harry Kane of England is the leading scorer at the World Cup

When Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday, the director general of the country's soccer federation sat in the same row of seats as Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

England defender John Stones has declared that he and his teammates are really looking forward to the Croatia game which they hope to win and qualify for the World Cup final.

Dalic must rouse his players after the physical demands of their two knock-out wins. We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties].

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

"It's a great honor for us to [be here], we are playing for our country with passion". If they play in that way, I'd expect them to have too much for Croatia. "We didn't play well in the first half, we didn't control the game as we wanted".

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The bloody days of civil war are long gone; the children with fractured innocence are now carrying the flag of Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.

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Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet. "When you have such a solid foundation, you have the basics and clear understanding of what we want to do and achieve, it's not a surprise that it's going well for us".

Scenes in Zagreb after Croatia qualified for the semi-final.

"Of course they have been a massive thing for us and other teams through the whole of the World Cup", Young said on Monday.

"Even those who didn't believe in them started believing, in the end".

Eleven years later the Barcelona midfielder is one step closer to the World Cup final and some hours away from the most important game of his career.

After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.

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